Our TOP 5 Halloween Films

Despite the fact that we’re all young at heart, you might come off as a total creep show if you wander the streets in your too-tight retro Batman costume.

As an alternative, why not hit up the town for a night of Halloween intoxication with a bunch of grown up zombies and goblins at a proper Halloween party. Here’s a list of a few Toronto ones.

Or, if you’d rather keep it local, there’s always the tried and true Halloween movie night. Here’s our list of the TOP 5 Halloween films that are sure to keep you up all night. What’s on your TOP 5 Halloween list?

5.  Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – Director Francis Ford Coppola

Synopsis (via Rotten Tomatoes) Based on Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel, this film from Francis Ford Coppola and screenwriter James Victor Hart offers a full-blooded portrait of the immortal Transylvanian vampire.

The character of Dracula has been featured in more horror movies than any other character; yet director Francis Ford Coppola delivers a completely fresh take on this iconic monster. Amazing costumes, set design, cinematography and music make for a remarkable cinematic experience. The blood and fangs aside, it’s a fascinating story that will totally entice.

4. Halloween (1978) – Director John Carpenter

Synopsis (via Wikipedia) On Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old Michael Myers murders his older sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Fifteen years later, he escapes from a psychiatric hospital, returns home, and stalks teenager Laurie Strode and her friends.

This slasher flick is made even scarier by its haunting and eerie soundtrack (which was created by Director John Carpenter himself). Made on a modest budget, this breakout hit became one of the most profitable independent films ever made.

3. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Director Roman Polanski

Synopsis (via Criterion Collection) A young mother-to-be grows increasingly suspicious that her overfriendly elderly neighbors (played by Sidney Blackmer and an Oscar-winning Ruth Gordon) and self-involved husband (John Cassavetes) are hatching a satanic plot against her and her baby.

Mia Farrow delivers an amazing performance in the role of Rosemary. This is one of Roman Polanski’s best films. And, like most of his other works it’s full of tension and subdued creepiness that lingers and lingers until it finally drives you completely mad.

2. The Shining (1980) – Director Stanley Kubrick

Synopsis (via IMDB) A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Psychological horror at its best. This movie will keep you up for days. One of Stanley Kubrick’s best. Jack Nicholson is completely psycho in this full on mind chilling horror classics.

1. The Exorcist (1973) – Director William Friedkin

Synopsis (via IMDB) When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

What makes this film especially terrifying is that the story is based on real accounts (and not just some loose goose connections – this stuff really happened.) What makes it especially frightening is the realistic documentary-like approach utilized by director William Friedkin.

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